After his mother's brooch is stolen, Kasper leaves his home in the land of Nowhere and journeys to the land of Glitter and Gloom to get it back, confronting great dangers in a city ruled by a fierce orphan boy."
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Some children's stories teach, some amuse, and some are next to worthless. This story is in the last category. In this obnoxious fantasy a sheltered boy experiences the city and all its terror. BBC radio actor David Holt reads with appropriate diction for the characters. His voice resonates deeply for King Streetwise and rises high and whiny for the vain Pumpkin. However, his professionalism cannot redeem a bad plot. Psychological torture and violence makes this book inappropriate for any audience, let alone children. Skip this one--you are better off listening to the birds in the trees or even traffic. A.G.H. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
Enticing young people to leave the brightly lit Glitter and join him in the decrepit part of town known as The Gloom, a parent-hating, teenage bully sets himself up as King Streetwise in this plodding British farce from Ridley (Krindlekrax, 1992, etc.). Kasper Whiskey, having spent all of his ten years with his indolent mother, Pumpkin, in her beauty parlor surrounded by leveled buildings, has never met anyone his age until the day he catches Heartthrob Mink, one of King Streetwise's troops, stealing roses. When Pumpkin's prized brooch disappears, Kasper sets out in pursuit. Streetwise is looking for Heartthrob, too, for helping his intended queen, Hushabye Brightwing, escape; Kasper joins the hunt but is so offended by the king's tactics that he switches sides and brings the two fugitives to the beauty parlor. Ultimately, Pumpkin turns over a new leaf, Heartthrob deals the king a black eye, the brooch turns up, and Hushabye declares her love for Kasper. Cautionary messages about bad friends and the dangers of running away are woven into a story that, for all its quirky elements and exaggerated characters, never hits the funny bone; few readers will notice that the king sounds like Elvis, nor will they attach much hilarity to repeated glimpses of Kasper's skill at whipping up a kind of banana cream pie. Riddell's black-and-white drawings have an expressive, graphic-novel-style sophistication, but can't leaven this leaden effort. (Fiction. 11-13) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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